At Blackwood Forest we are part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme and our locations are home to many other species, such as the purple emperor butterfly, pine martens, flycatchers and turtle doves. We work closely with Forestry England, Forest and Land Scotland, and Natural Resources Wales Wildlife Trusts and other ecological organisations to encourage, monitor and protect these species. By supporting scientific studies, we can contribute to the understanding of rare and threatened species and how they can be protected both on our locations and within the wider forest.
We believe in the principle of ‘ biodiversity net gain’ which means that our presence in the forest should go further than simply ensuring that biodiversity is unaffected. With the help of experts, we consider and study every location in detail and respond to its unique characteristics and the balance of opportunities for ecological enhancement. In the long term it should result in enhanced biodiversity, with a richer and more balanced ecosystem.
Can you make the sound of a Long Eared Owl? The rare species is thought to have declined significantly in the past century, but now funding from Forest Holidays' Conservation Fund is supporting Forestry England and the Hawk and Owl Trust in a major survey of the birds across South West Forests. It's a decade since they were last recorded and our visitors have been out with experts in Deerpark learning how to master their unique call.